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Merger Mania

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
Access to inexpensive capital and the pursuit of scale continue to drive consolidation in the utility and telecommunication services sectors. These trends create opportunities for savvy investors.

An Eye on Washington and Two Eyes on Fourth-Quarter Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
Although interest rates and federal policies can affect the stock market and create challenges and opportunities, how companies have positioned themselves and how management teams react to changes ultimately shape investors’ returns.

Another Midstream Meltdown

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
Excessive leverage, diminished growth prospects and shrinking cash flow suggest that a distribution cut is inevitable for this midstream master limited partnership.

Parental Support

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
This yieldco's sponsor steps up to the plate yet again.

A Rare Value

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
The market isn't giving this utility credit for reducing operating risk, shoring up its balance sheet and growing its dividend.

Picks and Pans for 2017

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2017
At the start of the new year, we roll out our top picks and pans among the various segments represented in our Utility Report Card. Last year’s picks generated an average total return of 22.9 percent, while our pans posted a 2.1 percent gain. We hope to build on this success in 2017.

Lessons from 2016 and Outlook for 2017

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2017
Two of our three model Portfolios outperformed the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Utility Average handily last year, while our aggressive picks lagged. We review what went right and what went wrong, with an eye toward refining our process.

Mind the Borrowing Costs

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2017
Rising interest rates will exert additional strain on all the names in our Endangered Dividends List. And the higher rates go, the greater the risk that these stragglers will seek to conserve cash by reducing their payouts.

A Good Bet for Value Investors

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2017
A lack of dividend growth has weighed on this stock's performance, but this utility continues to make progress toward resuming regular payout increases.

Day of Reckoning Approaches

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2017
This high-yielding preferred stock could reward aggressive investors with big returns. The company's fourth-quarter results and full-year guidance for 2017 will go a long way toward determining whether we hold our fold.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth. Roger b